One large oak in the yard serves as a raccoon condominium, meaning the sniff-fest wasn't without basis. Ralph isn't allowed in the yard at dusk and dawn as these nocturnal creatures head out in search of breakfast, or crawl in after a night of festivity. It's not a good idea to get between momma and her sleep, so we are all careful to steer clear during egress and ingress. Sometimes at dusk the hollow in the tree resembles a clown car pulling into the circus as the masked critters pour out one by one.
Winter doesn't slow down the parade of wildlife. As animals lose more natural habitat, offspring find ways to adapt and survive in an urban setting, In the past decade, cities became host to species which had never set paw nor hoof within city limits.
Last summer while running after dark I met a skunk coming around a can on trash day. He lazily toddled in the opposite direction, clearly not intimidated, much to my relief.
The fox posed dramatically several times before heading onto his next appointment.
Looks like we had a celebrity in our yard! Mr. Fox apparently appeared on the cover of this month's National Geographic.
|Mr. March 2011|
Animals we would have expected to run into only occasionally and north of the city limits now grace our yards, creating little disturbance-- far less than many two legged counterparts. Highly considerate, they never leave behind empty beer cans.